Excerpt: Last Will and Testament (Radleigh University #1) by Dahlia Adler

Welcome to my blog for one of the many excerpts being released by Dahlia for her latest release, the first book in the series coming out in less than a month. It sounds like an utterly fantastic read and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I hope you love this excerpt as much as I do x

23357716Publish Date: 9th December 2014
Pre-Order Price: £2.55 / $4.10
Pre-Order Links: Amazon UK / Amazon US
Genre: New Adult / Romance

Goodreads Summary: 

Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she’s acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she’ll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn’t exactly Lizzie’s biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you’re ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks… and that she’d like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he’s not the kind of guy who’d ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.

And now for what you’ve been waiting so patiently for!

Excerpt:

I wince at the mention of Connor, glad Max is too distracted by his surroundings to notice. He certainly had been nice, and I’m not sure I would’ve gotten through the past month without him. But I’m not his responsibility, and I’m not his friend, and I’m not sure how or when I forgot those things, but I need to start remembering them, stat. He’s my TA—not my chauffeur, not my broker, and not my confidant. I still can’t believe I told him about the Slutmobile.

“Yeah,” I mumble when I realize I still haven’t answered Max. Thankfully, it’s a short-lived subject, and for the rest of the walk, Max peppers me with questions that are easy enough to answer—what this building is and that, what various signs say, and why so many boys and girls walk around wearing funny-looking pictures (i.e. Greek letters) on their chests.

Then there are the slightly harder ones, like, “Why is that boy’s hand in her skirt?” Asked extremely loudly, of course, about a couple fondling each other on a bench bordering the quad.

A twinge of loneliness both unfamiliar and unwelcome worms its way into my system at the sight of the happy, snuggling couple. I yank him in the other direction, for both our sakes.  “He’s keeping his hands warm,” I say hastily as we take a slightly alternate route to the health center.

I’m so busy keeping an eye out for other situations I don’t want to explain that only Max’s tugging hand keeps me from bumping into a couple standing just outside Nijkamp Hall, the biggest of the grad student dorms. “Crap, sorry.” Apparently it’s my destiny to have couples shoved in my face today. I step around them, squeezing Max’s hand tighter, but then the guy speaks.

“Lizzie? Max?”

Against my better judgment, and because there’s a witness, I turn at the sound of the familiar voice. It’s Connor, of course.

And he’s wearing flat-front pants.

I want to both laugh and cry at the sight. He looks really, really fucking good, and I look like a teen mom on one hour of sleep who doesn’t own a single article of unwrinkled clothing and couldn’t be bothered with so much as a hairbrush this morning, let alone lip gloss.

Meanwhile, the blonde he’s with looks like she got dressed by cartoon birds.

“Good morning,” I say, pasting on a smile. “Max, say hi to Mr. Lawson.”

“Mr. Lawson, huh?” the blonde teases. “And here I’ve been letting the kids call me Jessica. Clearly I need to take a more authoritative approach.”

The kids. Fuck you, Jessica. I do not like you.

“The bigger kids get to call me Connor,” he says with a smile and a wink in my direction that makes me want to hate him but instead does a weird flip thing to my stomach I’d prefer to pretend isn’t happening. “Jess, this is Lizzie, and this is her little brother, Max.”

“Jess” crouches down and holds out a hand for Max to shake. “It’s nice to meet you, Max.” He shakes her hand with a toothy smile and I decide that maybe she’s not a megabitch. Maybe. At least until she straightens up and says, “I have to run to class, but I’ll see you tonight,” to Connor before squeezing his forearm.

We exchange “Nice to meet you”s before she walks off, but my brain’s still working to process the past few minutes. Connor has taken my fashion advice. Connor has also, apparently, taken a lover. Or already had one.

And I care, apparently.

Which means I need to get laid.

About the author:

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Dahlia Adler

Dahlia Adler is an Assistant Editor of Mathematics by day, a Copy Editor by night, and a YA/NA author and blogger at every spare moment in between. More often than not, you can find her on Twitter as @MissDahlELama, and if you tweet her pictures of macarons, she just might fall in love with you. She lives in New York City with her husband and their overstuffed bookshelves.

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Book Spotlight: All’s Fair in Love and Weddings by Christine Feldman

Welcome to my first Book Spotlight! Today sees the release of the very talented Christine S. Feldman’s latest book; All’s Fair in Love and Weddings. It sounds like an absolute stonker of a novel and I can’t wait to read it!

 

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Author: Christine S. Feldman
Publish/Release Date: 30th September 2014 – TODAY!
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Amazon UK / Amazon US

 

Goodreads summary:

Prudence Collier spent the better part of her reckless youth proving that she was not aptly named, and unfortunately she burned a few bridges in the process, including where her family is concerned. So when her long-estranged sister invites her to her destination wedding in the Virgin Islands, Prue leaps at the chance to mend at least one broken family relationship and prove that she’s a changed person.

Tucker Davies, on the other hand, has come to the islands for a very different reason: to stop the wedding. As a childhood friend of the groom, he has reason to believe that his friend is about to make a huge mistake and is intent on not letting that happen. One thing he didn’t count on, though, was going up against Prue.

Determined to make up for the past, Prue resolves to keep Tucker from interfering with her sister’s happiness in the present and is willing to go to any lengths necessary to do so. Any. And if that requires a few tiny deceptions here and there, the occasional brush with the local authorities, and perhaps even instigating a barroom brawl, so be it. A sister has to do what a sister has to do.

But so does a friend, and Tucker has no intention of backing down, no matter how aggravating or even—to his surprise—appealing Prudence Collier can be.

The war is on, and neither side believes they can afford to surrender.

Which is a shame, because they’re both beginning to suspect surrendering would be a lot of fun…

 

Excerpt: 

She froze in front of him like a deer caught in the headlights, and despite the fact that she had some serious explaining to do, the first thought that went through Tucker’s mind when her eyes widened was that they certainly were a remarkable shade of green, weren’t they?

“Good morning,” she returned warily, and then those green eyes of hers narrowed.

Well, that seemed like an odd reaction. If either of them ought to be upset, he was fairly certain it should be him, not her. And had he not been so intensely curious as to why she had sent him on a wild goose chase yesterday, he might have been more upset than he already was.

“Coffee smells good,” Tucker said conversationally with a nod toward her cup. “Is there more where that came from?”

“Depends,” Prue returned, eyeing him as if she expected him to make a sudden move at any time. “Are you a guest of the resort?”

“Are you kidding? At their prices? No.”

“Then I think you’re out of luck.” And she drained the rest of her drink in front of him.

He watched her, unfazed. “Yeah, my luck has been pretty poor the past twenty-four hours.”

“Has it?”

She seemed to be avoiding his gaze. Under the circumstances, he was not surprised. “But it’s taking a turn for the better now, because I was hoping to run into you again.”

“I’ll bet,” she muttered, so much under her breath that he almost missed it.

“Mainly because I was hoping you could explain something to me. Like why you sent me racing after the wrong ferry?”

After a moment’s pause, she turned to look directly at him and widened her eyes again with what—in any other situation—he might have interpreted as innocence. It was almost, but not quite, convincing. “I don’t know what you mean.”

“I think you do know what I mean. You sent me to the Water Island ferry.”

One of her eyes twitched before both of them grew even wider. Too wide. “That’s the one you wanted, wasn’t it?”

He looked at her evenly, wondering what kind of game she was playing at here. “No. It wasn’t.”

“Well, that’s what I heard you say. You specifically said Water Island, I’m sure of it.”

“I said St. John.”

She shook her head. “I think you must be confused.”

Understatement of the year, he thought. “Very, yes, but not about the islands. And neither are you, are you?”

“I think you must be remembering wrong.”

“I fell for that line once already, remember? What else have you got?”

Instead of answering, she played with the empty coffee cup in her hands.

“Look, sweetheart, I don’t know if you just like to do this kind of thing to other people for kicks, but I’m really not in the mood for it today. I had a very long night, and it would be hard to say if the crowning moment was when one of the tires on my car blew up or when the tow truck guy discovered he was lactose intolerant while I was still riding beside him in his truck, but—” He caught another twitch around her eyes then, one that almost looked like guilt taking its toll. And then another thought occurred to him for the first time, and he stared at her, incredulous. “Wait—did you have something to do with that?”

“A lactose-intolerant truck driver? Not likely.”

“I meant my tire.”

She played with her cup some more without looking up, and he realized he had his answer.

“Are you kidding me?” He was almost too bewildered to be angry. Almost. “Do you usually screw over the people who do you favors, lady, or am I just special?”

Her head shot up then, and she had the nerve to look indignant. “Screw people over? You’re one to talk!”

“Huh?” Tourists all over these islands, and he had to cross paths with the one who appeared to be an escaped mental patient. A very attractive mental patient, he thought as a distracting curl escaped from the band she’d used to pull her hair back into a loose ponytail, but a mental patient nevertheless. “What are you talking about?”

“I’m talking about that wedding you’re so anxious to stomp all over, that’s what.”

His irritation grew. “I don’t want to ‘stomp’ on anything. I just want to—”

“Ruin the bride’s special day. I know.”

“The bride—”

“Is my sister.”

He blinked and then stared at her, and she nodded back, her displeasure with him written all over her face. “No…” he breathed in disbelief.

“Guess again.”

 

About the Author: 

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Christine S. Feldman writes both novels and feature-length screenplays, and, to her great delight, she has placed in screenwriting competitions on both coasts—and has even won a couple of them.  In 2012 one of her screenplays was featured as a staged reading in New York City at the Gotham Screen International Film Festival, and later that same year she signed her first publishing contract.  When she is not writing, she is teaching kindergarten, puttering around in her garden, ballroom dancing with her husband, or doing research for her next project.

Please visit Christine at her website, on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

Review: Bite Mark by Lily Harlem

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Format: E-book – Read on Kindle
Publish date: 12th September 2014 by Ellora’s Cave Twilight
Price: N/A
Date Read: 8th September 2014

Note: I received this review copy of Bite Mark for free from the author in return for an honest review. The opinions and thoughts I share in this review are my own.

Please also note that this book is an erotic threesome (containing MFM & MF) romance book and is not (in my opinion) suitable for under 18’s. Adults, please use your discretion to make your own decision.

 

 

 

 

Wondering where this review is? It will be re-posted to tie in with the release of book 2; Claw Mark, which I will also be reading and reviewing.

Watch out for it around Halloween!!

Review: The Glass Knot by Lily Harlem

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Format: E-book – Read on Kindle
Publish date: 14th November 2013 by Lily Harlem
Price: N/A
Date Read: 6th September 2014

Note: I received this review copy of The Glass Knot for free from the author in return for an honest review. The opinions and thoughts I share in this review are my own.

Please also note that this book is an erotic threesome (containing MMF/MFM/MM/MF) romance book and is not (in my opinion) suitable for under 18’s. Adults, please use your discretion to make your own decision.

 

The Glass Knot is the third book I have read by the British author Lily Harlem and I am more in love with her work after reading this story than ever.

On a working holiday in Marbella, photographer Laura is taken with a very handsome man she sees coming out of the water and up the sand towards her. Her hopes are shattered however after noticing his wedding ring. After buying her a drink and striking up a conversation, Josh tells Laura that there is no wife waiting for him but a husband instead and they are on holiday celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. Shocked and disappointed that this hunk is taken, Laura is surprised to be invited to dine with them that evening but she agrees.

At dinner, Laura meets Nick, Josh’s very attractive husband. Leaving early, Nick tells Josh to take his time; with Nick’s permission, Josh – who has never been with anyone else but Nick and wanting to know what it is like to be with a woman – and Laura spend one night together and make their separate ways back to England, positive that they won’t see one another again.

One day though, a delivery of flowers brings an invitation from Josh for Laura to come to his and Nick’s house in the Cotswolds. Unsure of her decision but wanting to see him again, Laura agrees. With Josh away from home when she arrives, she finds Nick to be aloof and cold. Knowing though that it was Nick’s choice for his husband to have a night with her, Laura shrugs it off and explores their home. Finally, after a confrontation by Nick, Laura understands how his relationship has changed with his husband and how Josh now can’t get Laura out of his head. Promising to leave, Laura is stopped by Josh and she ends up staying. It takes another mistake and a confrontation to see how she is harming this marriage though and Laura quickly leaves.

Unfortunately, it takes a major accident for Nick to realise where his priorities really lie and for Laura, Josh and Nick to come to terms with what they really want and what they have to fight for.
As with other Lily Harlem books (though not all of them I hasten to add) this is a threesome erotic romance. There is male/male romance as well – for goodness sake, Josh and Nick have been happily married for 10 years! – along with male/female scenes. If you don’t like love and sex, don’t bother reading it.

I mentioned before, the word romance. There is heaps of it. So far all the books I have read by Lily have been filled with love and romance and these are the ones which hit at the heart and make you feel all warm and mushy. There are always hindrances and questioning and those moments when you think the whole thing is over but this marvellous author carries straight through them all and gives you a massive hug and a sloppy wet kiss with her writing. The story explores many difficult parts of relationships; attraction to somebody outside the relationship, loving someone besides your partner and trying to come to terms with the whole thing in a way which doesn’t hurt anyone.

With emotions aplenty and enough love, romance and sex to fill a (very big something) this is the perfect weekend read and one I am privileged to have had the chance to read. Thank you!

 

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ – Bl**dy brilliant

Review: Shared by Lily Harlem

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Format: E-book – Read on Kindle
Publish date: 16th June 2010 by Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc
Price: N/A
Date Read: 21st August 2014

Note: I received this review copy of Shared for free from the author in return for an honest review. The opinions and thoughts I share in this review are my own.

 

Please also note that this book is an erotic threesome (MFM) romance book and is not (in my opinion) suitable for under 18’s. Adults, please use your discretion to make your own decision.

 

Ariane has run away from her job, friends, home and entire life with only the clothes on her back and whatever was in her small handbag after finding out that the boss in the midst of seducing her is extremely corrupt and stealing money from the company. Originally an artist by trade, Ariane runs to Cardiff, wanting to hide away for a while somewhere safe from her now ex boss. Hoping to find a flat, Ariane is shocked to find out how little she can afford and ends up circling and ringing the only newspaper advert that doesn’t contain a price; Room to let, shared, girl wanted. Going to see the flat she finds a penthouse and an amazing place it is – well out of her price range. Liam, one of the owners convinces her to stay and the attraction is immediate. Allowing herself to be coddled for a while, Ariane stays and soon meets Quinn. Unknown to Ariane, Liam and Quinn – both professional, successful and busy men – have decided that since they have so little opportunity to meet women and especially don’t have time between them to each have a girl, they will share one. By no means gay, their friendship is strong and they won’t get jealous. Will Ariane consent to the terms of the let?

I really enjoyed the story and found the premise to be intriguing; not one I had come across before. I found the characters to be interesting and well written with good points and bad points which made them all far more human than words on a page often are. I loved the controlling Quinn giving up some of his control to Ariane and Liam being willing to tell Ariane his secret.

This is an erotic romance and there were a lot of sex scenes and I found these to be extremely hot, sexy and evocative. It was all very well described and I loved it! The story was around 100 pages shorter than The Silk Tie (also by Lily Harlem) and i was surprised by how much fit in, although not in any hurried way. It also contained an element of thriller fiction which I guessed at but very much enjoyed.

Lily Harlem has also written a follow-up titled ‘Shared Too’. Having enjoyed the ending of this book, i’m not sure if I will read book 2. Right now I don’t want things to change from the way this book ended, especially having read a few teaser reviews of the story of Shared Too. Maybe in a few months I may feel differently.

Shared is another fantastic story from the pen of the very talented Lily Harlem and I can’t wait to read more by this author – The Glass Knot awaits impatiently!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Review: The Silk Tie by Lily Harlem

The Silk TieSource: Lily Harlem via Brit Babes
Format: E-book – Read on Kindle
Publish date: 2nd August 2014 by Lily Harlem
Price: N/A
Date Read: 15th August 2014

Note: I received this review copy of The Silk Tie for free from the author in return for an honest review. The opinions and thoughts I share in this review are my own.

Please also note that this book is an erotic threesome (MMF) romance book and is not (in my opinion) suitable for under 18’s. Adults, please use your discretion to make your own decision.

The Silk Tie is a (very) erotic threesome romance with massive lashings of each. Unlike many erotica books, this one doesn’t feel like smut has been put in for the hell of it. In fact I found it a very romantic and loving story with wonderfully developed and developing characters. The sex is a big but fantastic part which certainly got me a little (ok, very) hot under the collar.

Hayley and Gabe are a very happily married couple living in London. Both lawyers, though working at different firms, they love their jobs and try to get justice for their clients. Gabe’s latest client is Brent; a testosterone-filled and rather muscular man trying to divorce his cheating wife. In the midst of meetings and conversations, including one about Brent’s previous relationship with another man, a friendship between Gabe and Brent quickly develops along with an unspoken attraction on both sides. This attraction is noticed by Hayley who after much soul searching finds that she doesn’t mind and in fact ends up encouraging Gabe to seduce Brent and get the attraction out of his system, in the process doing a LOT of fantasising about male/male relationships. Gabe however finds it hard to come to terms with the attraction and breaks down when confronted by Hayley, professing that he isn’t gay. Once the decision is made though and the truth comes out, one weekend isn’t enough for Gabe and Brent – and not for Hayley either who finds that she is feeling attraction to Brent too. Will either Gabe, Hayley or Brent be able to move on or will a new norm be found for the three?

You’ll just have to read this fantastic book for yourself to find out.

I found the writing style of this book to be perfect for me. There was little knowledge or description imparted that I felt could have been left out – all seemed to move the story along at a gentle pace, enlarging on the characters, their interests and the relationships between the three characters. I was surprised how much the relationships between the three characters changed but was delighted by the progress and how the author put across the worry of losing a husband to another man, the attraction to someone a character shouldn’t be attracted too and so much more.

This is an erotic book though and I can safely say that the sex scenes were aplenty and scorching hot with good (and very detailed!) descriptions. I only felt that there was a little too much profanity in the form of the word ‘F**k’ during these scenes which got a little tiring in the end. I didn’t find it too away from those moments however.

I can’t wait to read more by this author – this is the best erotic romance book I have read so far and the only threesome book I have loved (and finished!).

Rating: ♥♥♥♥½ – I loved it (Note: This is rounded up to 5 where ½ is unavailable)

Review: Good Wood (Carved Hearts #1) by L.G. Pace III & Michelle Pace

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Format: Ebook – Read on Kindle
Publish date: 21st July 2014
Price: N/A
Date Read: 10th August 2014

Note: I received this review copy of Good Wood (Carved Hearts #1) by L.G. Pace & Michelle Pace for free from the authors in return for an honest review. The opinions and thoughts I share in this review are my own.

 

When I first answered an ad for reviewing ARC copies of Good Wood I didn’t have much of a clue what the book was all about. I didn’t have a clue about genre or length etc, I was just drawn in by the gorgeous cover. I was then unfortunately overwhelmed with life which is why it’s taken me such a disgustingly long amount of time to read and review this book. My apologies to the authors.

I’m told by Amazon it’s 262 pages long although I can’t be sure as my Kindle version didn’t contain page numbers – I would guess that is an accurate number. It didn’t fully twig in my mind until the end that it wasn’t written by one person but a writing duo. The flow of the books was perfect and I saw no gaps or errors in that. The only error being a few extra or missing letters every now and again which didn’t take away anything during reading. I would say that Good Wood is a Contemporary Romance book but one that was much cleaner than many I’ve read. Sexual activity was mentioned but mainly hinted at activities/positions and wasn’t (to me) overt. This did not at all detract from the book but actually made it rather enjoyable in its differences.

Good Wood starts with the view point of Joe. Joe is a wood worker, living with his very pregnant wife Jess. Jess goes out one night however and is involved in a car accident. In the hospital as the health or his wife deteriorates further, Joe is forced to make difficult decisions regarding the life of his wife and unborn child. Fast-forward 3 years and Joe has changed completely. He trawls tourist bars looking for an easy lay, someone to spend a night with and nothing more. Names mean nothing and the woman is lucky if he remembers during the act, let alone afterwards. At the building site where he is at that time working, a new food truck comes along, owned, worked and manned by the younger sister of his two best friends; Molly. For years Molly had a massive crush on Joe but after moving away and eloping has come home, fleeing from her ex-husband and has no knowledge of Joe’s marriage and the outcome of that. Joe not recognising Molly isn’t the best way to a good first impression either. Molly and Joe are both flawed characters with secrets and massive problems which threaten to keep them apart. Are they able to accept and move on from their painful pasts and make a new life together?

It didn’t take me long at all to get into this book – a few pages and I was hooked. At one point I looked up and discovered I was 89% through and it was suddenly 11pm having last looked at a clock around 5pm! I did end up reading this book in a single day as I just didn’t want to put it down. I found the characters to be well thought-out and written. I may not have agreed with everything they did but I found myself understanding why they ended up the way they were. There was a lot of growth for the characters, they learnt and moved forwards and I loved the interaction between Joe and Molly and their friends and family. Along with all this came excitement too in the form of vengeful ex-husbands, misunderstandings and family rifts. So real and well written! The language used in the book was very descriptive; fantastic with a wood worker and a chef! The descriptions of food from Molly the chef did end up making me feel rather ravenous at times – rather a few kitchen raids did end up happening. I would have loved to see some of the work done by Joe as he begins to carve and make wooden things again, my mind was only so good at picturing some of the objects.

Overall though a great read and one that grabs hold and doesn’t let go.

 

Rating: ♥♥♥♥ – I loved it